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Best Beaches

Gogobot's users kept it real when they voted for the best beach. These are strips of sand you can get into a relationship with, rather than dream destinations visited for a once-in-a-lifetime blowout.
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La Jolla Shores

S La Jolla Ave, San Diego, California
Sea lions, surf, sunsets, swimming, sand...the alliteration doesn't stop at La Jolla Shores, recognized for its temperate water, and idyllic atmosphere.
A great beach to enjoy for everyone! I love going to the beach, laying out, swimming, surfing, body boarding, and then going into town for lunch or dinner.
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South Beach

Martha's Vineyard, MA
Miami isn't the only one with a South Beach. A visit to Martha's Vineyard is a New England summer tradition and this is one of its most popular shores. A great choice if you like to be around all the action.
Best for Families: New Englanders flock to Martha’s Vineyard during the summer months, when lifeguards are plentiful and large sand dunes protect expansive beaches that are perfect for ... read more
sandcastle-building, notably No. 4-ranked South Beach.
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Leblon

Rua Dias Ferreira e Avenida Ataúfo de Paiva, Rio de Janeiro, RJ 22440-031 Brazil
Looking for the 'Real' Rio? Find a carioca to show you the way to Leblon, a chic neighborhood south of Ipanema with a less-crowded, pristine beach.
Beautiful safe beaches and friendly locals. You can rent anything you need at the beach and also do a bit of shopping so bring some cash. Be careful if you need to swim and leave your personal items ... read more
unattended, but this is one of the safest beaches in Rio....with the best looking people too!
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Baker Beach

Bowley Street, San Francisco, CA 94129
Great views of San Francisco's greatest assets: the Pacific Ocean and the Golden Gate Bridge. More protected than Ocean Beach, Baker Beach is a secluded gem, popular with the locals. Oft-cited for the clothing optional section, San Franciscans come here equally for (clothed) frisbee and picnics.
One of the best beaches in San Francisco, Baker Beach has postcard perfect views of the Golden Gate Bridge on one side, and the open pacific on the other. It's popular with locals, especially on ... read more
weekends, who come with everything from elaborate picnics to just a frisbee and a dog. Be sure to wear layers--temps can range from balmy to downright chilly. To get here, take the MUNI #29, which stops at the entrance or if you've got a car, follow the main drag in the Presidio until you reach the beach on the western edge (there's plenty of parking in two free lots).
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Lanikai Beach

Mokulua Drive, Kailua, HI 96734
This is the kind of beach people in colder climes start dreaming about in early February. Super-fine sand, twin islands gracing the horizon, and aquamarine water. No lit-up boardwalk here: access is on foot via public access paths, and beachgoers bring their own gear.
Peaceful, huge, and what Hawaii should be about. No crowds and plenty of things to do. Nearby you can even rent kayaks and boat out to the islands. Although a trek, you can even walk around out there ... read more
on a few of them. It;s a great afternoon thing to do. Or if you wanna sit on the beach, just watch Kite Surfers play all day. It's a very huge and long beach and lots of great sand. Very happy to just sit here my entire trip if needed.
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Manly Beach

North Steyne, Manly New South Wales, Australia
Manly is known as the birthplace of Australian surfing thanks to Hawaiian Duke Kahanamoku's wild ride on a piece of wood in 1915. Popular with families, there are plenty of shops and restaurants nearby.
Manly was another high point of my trip to Sydney. It's an easy day trip that requires a short (30-45 min) ferry ride from Sydney Harbor. Manly is really divided into two parts: the beach itself and ... read more
the surrounding town. The beach is magnificent and beautiful; on a given day, expect to see hundreds of surfers at a time in the water waiting for the perfect wave. There are nice, quiet walking trails around one side of the ocean that are sprinkled with cute little boutiques and cafes. The main town part of Manly has a lot of surf stores, ice cream shops and other summer novelties. I thoroughly enjoyed spending time here, and I highly recommend it for anyone looking for a day in the sun!
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Packed with young, sociable beachgoers looking to have a good time, Baga is one of Goa's most popular beaches. Once in a lifetime experience: sunbathing with cows.
There is just too much to do in Baga! party, play, eat, drink, karaoke, swim in the sea, swim in the creek, go fishing, go to the night market, walk along the bustling shopping street... just too much ... read more
to do! Personal favorites- if one should stay it should be at Lovenest, if one should eat, it should be at Fiesta, J&A's or Mocha, if one should dance it should be at Cavala....ahhh so much to do here.. so little time...
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Turkey's Mediterranean coast offers the benefits of Old World Europe without the cost. Antalya's Konyaalti Beach is a great destination: close to the city center yet beautiful, full of activities like a water park and the Beach Market and frequented more by locals than tourists.
Great beach just to the west of the old city of Antalya. There is a tram line that goes from the city center to the edge of the beach and you just have to walk down to the footpath to the beach. Very ... read more
nice beach with a view of the mountains and still warm in November!
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Coney Island

Surf Avenue & West 10th Street, New York, NY 11224
A beach for the people. Accessible by subway, and known for affordable delicacies like Nathan's Hot Dogs plus classic thrills on the wooden Cyclone roller coaster, Coney Island is a great place to soak up some Americana, in addition to your rays.
Iconic Coney Island is an absolute must see in the summer. In the winter not much is going on, but in the summer it is one of the best places to go people watching in New York. Check out the many ... read more
piers where you'll find an amazing diversity of people hanging out, fishing, and dancing. Check out the freak show for a good time, and grab a Totonno's Pizza while you are visiting.
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Boulders Beach

Off Queens Road, Cape Town 7995 South Africa
Famous for being the habitat of South African penguins, Boulders Beach is also great for swimming with its small sheltered inlets. It makes a great day trip from Cape Town.
I love animals. Getting to get so close to these little penguins while enjoying a great beach was the ultimate experience. The beach itself is scattered with boulder and rock creations and the water ... read more
is shallow, clear and mellow. Perfect for wading around to see the penguins sun themselves!
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Kaanapali Beach

Kaanapali Parkway, Lahaina, HI 96761
Beautiful sand and active surf, both staples in Hawaii, are present in abundance and draw huge crowds of tourists and locals alike year-round. Kaanapali is open to the public, ringed with resorts, and generally a great place to have a Hawaiian beach experience.
Great sand and wonderful people watching! We spotted a bunch of whales here during the winter season, including a mother teaching her calf to breach.
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Playa de la Concha

Playa de la Concha, Paseo de la Concha, 20007 San Sebastián, Spain
With a mile-long wide swathe of baby-soft sand, historic buildings and an elegant promenade a pebble's throw away, and just enough to keep busy without feeling over-commercialized (think pontoon ocean slides vs tacky souvenir stores), San Sebastian's urban beach is the exact right mix of peaceful and adventurous.
when i now think of my favorite beach, Playa de la Concha always comes to mind. It's a resortlike beach and families and couples litter the sandy shores in the summer. It's tranquil and romantic. You ... read more
see little sailboats bobbing up and down and the sun sets forever.
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Lake Como

Lago di Como, Como 22100, Italy
Lots of small pebbly beaches surround this stunning lake where Northern Italy comes to play. Take in the view of the Alps, and enjoy the tranquil atmosphere. Italians love to brag about George Clooney's residence in Bellagio, so who knows? Your Italian holiday might include some celebrity sightings.
When I think of Lake Como I think of blue blue water, green hills covered in trees and the terrific lunch I had of polenta with gorgonzola. It was fun to walk around the town of Como and just be out ... read more
in the country. It's an easy day trip from Milan on the Milan-Switzerland train.
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Sandy shoreline, cliffside hiking and a lovely unspoiled atmosphere are some of the reasons Gogobot users love Point Dume State Beach. Parking isn't free, but the beach is - it's run by the State of California for the pleasure of all.
Currently operated by Los Angeles County, this remote and wild beach northwest of Malibu and close to Ventura County beckons you to pull off PCH (Hwy 1) and just lie on the sand for a while. Often ... read more
windy, the wave conditions are often just right for surfing, while on calmer days you can swim and snorkel. Tidepoolers can comb the beaches in almost any weather.
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The family-friendly beach's quartz sand feels like powdered sugar between your toes and never heats up, even in the melting Florida sun. Commune even more with the tranquil vibe during the Sunday afternoon drum circle.
Often rated one of the top 10 beaches in the US.. and sometimes in the world. The sand is made up of finely ground quartz, rather than typical stone.. and it's so soft and so very white. The water is ... read more
warm.. even in the winter.. and there are plenty of activities to do either on the beach, or in the little town itself.